5 reasons to join our instructor training program in Saas Fee

5 reasons to join our instructor training program

5 reasons to join our instructor training program

  1. The unique timing of the course. Our program kicks off at the end of September and runs through until the end of November. This means that anyone successful in completing the BASI level one and two will be qualified and super employable for the coming northern hemisphere winter.
  2. Rob Norton the founder of Vivid Snowboarding has been a BASI Snowboard Examiner for the last 14 years. He has designed the perfect instructor training program and he knows exactly what it takes to get students through their exams. The idea is to become both awesome riders and instructors with a in depth understanding and knowledge of the BASI snowboarding product
  3. Saas Fee is home to the stomping grounds park during the autumn, the very best snowboarders on the planet come and get warmed up for the coming winter. This will give you an idea of just how good the park is in Saas.
  4. The BASI qualification is one of the strongest in the world. It will give anyone a huge boost when looking for employment. Its not just a question of paying your money and getting a qualification. You have to be able to adapt and improve your riding to be match the criteria set in each exam. Check out the BASI Website for a look at the snowboard pathway BASI SNOWBOARDING
  5. Possible job opportunity with Vivid Snowboarding in Verbier, Switzerland for the coming winter.

Check out our instructor training page for more details on our instructor training course BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR


Vivid Snowboarding Season Opening Camp Early December in Verbier

Vivid Snowboarding season opening  camp early December in Verbier. Our long weekend kicks off on 2nd December and runs until 4th December 2017. The aim of the camp is to get your technical game on point and give the riding the once over before the winter kicks off in full. The price of the camp is 400CHF and includes 3 full days of coaching.  https://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/

 

We are not including accommodation but can help arrange hostels, chalets and hotels depending on your budget and taste. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more details , we look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

 

 

 

      

 

 


ISTA - International Snow Training Academy Discovery Course

ISTA - International snow training academy discovery course will be happening this winter in Verbier. Come and get qualified and educated in the backcountry with Vivid Snowboarding. Our awesome day discovery course will teach you basic risk prevention when riding off-piste. You will be given all the tools to stay safe in the backcountry, education and knowledge are everything.  

The course is structured and designed around a typical day in the mountains. From meet and greet to the days end. The whole day is a combination of theory and enjoyable practical workshops.

These will take the form of learning the ISTA method, Risk assessment, identification and travel on safe terrain. We learn how to manage a crisis situation/search for avalanche burial victims.

In signing up for the qualification you receive a training kit which consists of the following material:

-          Training course book

-          Protective waterproof casing for when out in the mountains.

-          An avalanche emergency procedure.

-          ISTA Discovery badge and certificate on successful completion of the course.

 

Check out ISTA on our camps page 

https://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/  

The International Snow Training Academy Discovery Course

The cost of the International snow training academy discovery course is 240 CHF. Please get in contact for more details. There is an option to stretch the course out over two days. This would mean more riding time for all. The growth of snowboarding globally has meant we are have to look  further for untouched powder fields. We all have to take responsibility for assessing the dangers that come with that. The International Snow training academy course Discovery will give you knowledge and confidence to ride safely all over the mountain. 

 


THE BASI SNOWBOARDING LEVEL ONE PROCESS

The BASI snowboarding level one exam process could also be called the snowboard foundation course. This qualification sits at the very start of the BASI snowboarding exam pathway and will help you gain employment in snowdomes, dry slopes and possibly with some snow sport schools in a mountain environment. It will introduce you to the BASI snowboarding product, the terminology used and give you the ability to deliver lessons. Whatever standard your technical riding is at it will give you a makeover and something new to think about in your snowboarding approach.

The following areas are to be covered:
- Level one snowboard course which is a five day on snow exam.
- First-Aid Course
- Child protection module is an online course
- 35 hours Snowsports school experience

The technical riding criteria which will need to be performed consistently throughout the course:
- Perform cleanly all phases of the central theme (Central theme being the basic lesson progression from day one learner through to linking turns together)

- Demonstrate in both standard and switch
- Demonstrate effective and strong posture/balance.
- Nose and tail presses, ollies and nollies.
- Frontside and backside 180
- Cleanly carve the last two thirds of the turn on a green or easy blue piste.

35 hours snowboard school experience: this needs to be completed after your level 1 course.
- Can be looking at the day to day running of a snowsports school.
- Shadowing different style lessons and instructors on the mountain.
- How feedback is taken onboard and used to improve standards.

Once all these components are completed a level one snowboard license will be issued by BASI. This is the beginning of the instructing voyage. It could almost be looked at as an intensive snowboard lesson. It will increase your overall technical riding ability while giving you a broader knowledge. The level 2 is the next exciting step.


WHO IS OUR TRAINEE INSTRUCTOR COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

Who is our Trainee instructor course suitable for?

The course could be described as intensive snowboard lesson. You will transform your technical game, you will learn how to become an inspirational instructor and take away some memories for life.

You will want to have around 6 – 10 weeks minimum on a board. However sometimes if your natural ability is exceptional strong then less might be sufficient. The initial part of the course will be taking your riding back to basics. Once these have been nailed you will have a solid foundation to build your riding around.

The course program is geared towards firstly being successful at the BASI level one then moving on to the level two exams. The timescale, location and time of year means it is suitable for a whole range of snowboarders.

Anyone is welcome we take people from 18 years old and upwards. I have during my 10 years examining all levels of instructors in the BASI snowboard system trained and examined riders who are still making turns and wanting to progress their skills in their 60’s. Its never too late to get involved in becoming a instructor, even if you are not going on to use the qualification to find work it will and I guarantee this will make your technical riding so much stronger.

School leavers, university students , career changers , avid snowboarders everyone is welcome – If you want to start your journey into a instructing career then there is no better startingplace.


UNIVERSITY HOLIDAYS

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The timing of our trainee instructor program will enable students to get qualified during their summer holidays. The nine week course sits in the middle of the summer. A successful candidate can gain their BASI level one and two qualifications by the end of August. This could then be used for full time employment in any ski resort around the globe. It could also help gain part time work during holiday periods whilst you study in the UK.
There are numerous Snowsport schools in Europe that look for part time workers. For example, Interski who are based just down the road in Aosta are always taking on instructors on short term contracts during school holidays.

From working in one of these jobs they are great experience, plus you get transport to the resort, food and accommodation included, then in addition you get paid to teach. So you end up gaining some cash, some valuable teaching hours and you get time to ride before and after your teaching hours (generally 10am to 3pm)
Alternatively Britain has a huge amount of Snowdomes and dry slopes which are always after qualified instructors. Demand for staff is generally in the evenings and at weekends. This can fit teaching and riding around your studying.
For the summer 2016 instructor training program Vivid Snowboarding will be offering a 5% discount for all NUS card holders. For further information please contact us at vividsnowboarding@gmail.com


BASI LEVEL 3 ISIA TRAINING - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

BASI LEVEL 3 ISIA TRAINING - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

Vivid Snowboard Camps

Vivid Snowboarding is creating on snow training time for instructors wanting to reach that next level in their qualification process. The step up from the level 2 to level 3 is dramatic and constructive on snow training is the key to success. We are in the process of finalising our dates and these will be up shortly.

If you are interested in working for Vivid snowboarding in the future , hold your BASI level 2 qualification this training camp could be for you.


SPRING TIME

Vivid Snowboarding

After a very cold winter snap through  December , January and Febuary Verbier is now beginning to feel a little more spring like.

All the team have been busy on the mountain.

We have been training David Wilkie up for some paralympic boardercross events. These have been taking part in Sochi in Russia and the other in Slovenia. These qualifying events are for the paralympic games that are going to be held next winter 2014 in Sochi  ,Russia. We wish you the best of luck with the competitions.

Elsewhere we have been working with a couple of trainee instructors getting them trained up for the up and coming BASI level 2 exams in Austria.

The mountain is in great condition and more snow is expected this coming week.


MID JANUARY

Mid January - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

This last week has seen temperatures drop all over Europe and with that a cold snap here in Verbier. The conditions all over the mountain have been epic over the last few days , with great conditions on piste as well as off piste

All the team have been super busy since New Year. Ritchie has been out with Honeymooners from the US , Osc is taking his off piste mountain safety course. James , Craig and Rob have been busy delivering the BASI instructor training product and various other products we offer here at Vivid Snowboarding.

The Park has been closed for the last few days as they are beginning to shape bigger and better features. Fingers crossed for a new line of kickers by the weekend. Watch this blog for news and up date.

For Freestyle coaching , backcountry adventures, instructor training

and more , please get in contact with us here at Vivid Snowboarding.


OCTOBER UPDATE

OCTOBER UPDATE
The summer in Europe has finished and winter is fast approaching. Here at Vivid Snowboarding we are getting geared up for our second winter and already looking forward to the lifts opening.
Our team has expanded to include the new faces of James Brockbanks . He is one of the most experienced coaches and most gifted riders out there.  He holds his top British instructing and coaching qualifications and has spent his summer getting qualified as a personal trainer.

After spending a couple of winters away in Innsbruck , James is joining us back in Verbier where he has spent nine winters . This amount of time spent on the mountain combined with his natural skills for riding and coaching means he will be an amazing edition to the Vivid Snowboard Team.

Up and coming talent Oscar Conway is also joining the Vivid Snowboarding team for the 2012/2013 winter. After coaching Oscar on an Instructor training programme a few winters back I immediately saw that he had a deft touch on his board . Oscar has a huge passion for both riding and spinning a few tunes. He will be available to edit movies to his own produced tunes on our GO-PRO edit product as well coaching on the mountain every day. Look out for Oscar in the park, he goes big!

Full profiles will be on our site shortly.
Look out for further updates on our blog as the winter draws nearer.

VIVID SNOWBOARDING

A NEW BREED OF SNOWBOARD SCHOOL IN VERBIER